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3 Simple Insights to Save Money & Stop Food Waste Now!

Sitting with girlfriends earlier this week, we all watched, Just Eat It, a documentary addressing the issue of food waste in our world. As a money issue, I can’t help but get my heart pumping over the statistics on the costs of wasting food.

  • 40% of the food produced on the planet is wasted.
  • 25% of what consumers, (that’s us), buy at the store is wasted. (Imagine leaving the grocery store with four bags of food, dropping one in the parking lot, but continuing on home without retrieving it …Yep!)
  • 1 in 6 people in the U.S.A. is dealing with hunger on some level, whether it be providing for themselves or their families.

This was the third time I’ve watched this 75-minute film, and the most powerful. Hearing the words echo in my head …

  • “Each wasted hamburger represents a 90-minute shower …” in water wasted.
  • Truckloads of fruit are tossed into the trash because the seller doesn’t have a market to sell them to.
  • 20-70% of produce grown in the U.S.A. never gets to market, (and is wasted), because of imperfections-blemishes, nicks, and bruises.

It all seems so absurd to me. Does it sound absurd to you too?

Wasting food is something we do voluntarily. It’s a choice. I don’t know about you, but I can’t be a part of it anymore. I’m choosing to be savvier with the food I take home. Would you like to be savvier, too?

If you said, “yes,” …YAY!! This is GREAT news! We can do this together.

From this point forward, I’ll be including money-saving tips on using the odd bits and pieces left in the fridge. Money-saving tips and recipes will be featured, for sure, as well as my thoughts and experiences about the journey.

The Money Savvy Woman community is here to support you in keeping more money in your pockets, food on your table, and mindfully using your money to get what we really want. Please include your comments, experiences, and money-saving, waste-saving tips as we go. We can all learn from each other.

But before I wrap this blog up, I want to give you some meat and potatoes. Here are 3 insights to clarify the definitions of the dates posted on our foods. Stretch your dollars instead of wasting them by putting this new info into play:

  • The “sell-by” date is actually a guide between sellers and producers. It’s intended to convey a point in the product’s life where the purchaser can be certain that the product will last for a reasonable amount of time once purchased. It is not a spoilage alert, nor is it intended for consumers.
  • The “best-by” or “use-by” date is a guide between the producer and the consumer that indicates the end of peak flavor, texture, and freshness. Again, should this date pass, this doesn’t mean that the food item must be tossed.
  • The “expiration” date, again, doesn’t necessarily mean the food is inedible. Here’s a 37-second video to help you gain some clarity on the different types of foods.

I AM truly dedicated to reduce and eliminate waste in my home, and helping you do the same in yours. Watch Just Eat It and gain your own awareness. Once you do, let me know if you’re “in.”

I’m ready to make a difference. Are you?

You can do it! I believe in you!

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